News The new series of 'The Voice' got underway last weekend

ITV makes complaint in its submission into the Culture Committee's inquiry into the future of the BBC

Tidal energy turbine set up in the sea

A 100ft underwater turbine destined to form part of a major tidal energy project has been installed in the sea around Orkney.

Hurricane causes £100m blow to economy

The single day of hurricane-force winds that battered Scotland could cost the country's economy around £100 million, business experts have warned.

North braced for wintry blast

Parts of Britain are braced for more snow, sleet and hail today as the winter cold snap continues to bite.

Traveller's Guide: Orkney

Beyond the north coast of Scotland, this windswept yet beautiful archipelago brims with history and wildlife, says <b>Simon Calder </b>

Where to see the greatest creatures of the ocean

You don't have to go abroad to experience a truly transcendent wildlife encounter

Scotland: Destination of the week

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2012 Olympic torch route revealed

London 2012's Olympic torch relay will start in Land's End and travel as far as the outer Hebrides on an 8,000-mile journey to the stadium.

Britain&rsquo;s finest produce faces long, hard road to gain legal recognition of its name in Europe

They might be just two fledgling cheeses, but Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop and Orkney Island cheddar could soon have a mighty ally – protection from the European Union. The Dunlop and the Cheddar (which, presumably, will upset those in the West Country who believe cheddar comes only from near the Somerset village of that name), are among the latest British applicants for Protected Food Name status, which gives them a legal defence against imitation.

Cheese firms in bid to protect names

Two scottish cheese companies are attempting legally to protect the names of their produce to stop other firms cashing in on their brands.

Glasvegas, Concert Hall, Troon<br/>Dionne Warwick and Friends, Apollo Victoria Theatre, London

Just when you thought 2011 might be a dud, Glasvegas stage a return, while diva Dionne heads-up a charity bash

Visit the Orkney Islands in 2011

The magical Orkney Islands are located off the north coast of Scotland. An archipelago made up of 70 ruggedly beautiful islands and skerries, Orkney is one of the furthest flung provinces of the British Isles, and one of Scotland’s greatest natural wonders.

Voting reform referendum will go ahead in May 2011

A referendum on whether to ditch the first-past-the-post voting system will go ahead next May after Labour peers failed narrowly in an attempt to derail the Government's timetable.

Sport on TV: Waves of euphoria as Britain finds stream of consciousness

Open-water swimming is one of the fastest-growing sports in the British Isles. It beats the pants – or the Speedos – off doing lengths in the municipal pools that proliferated after the Second World War. As guru figure Roger Deakin wrote in his popular book Waterlog, river swimming provides an escape from "endlessly turning back on myself like a tiger pacing its cage". It's an opportunity to discover your inner tiger (no, not that one), to get back to nature or, in the case of skinny-dipping, back to naturism. As it did for the Victorians and Edwardians, it provides respite from rampant industrialisation. Unless, that is, you swallow a mouthful of factory discharge while getting your feet tangled up in a shopping trolley.

Rooms with a view (but not much else): What's the attraction of living on a distant island or windswept glen?

Four far-flung homeowners explain why they've chosen remote residences
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George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

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Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

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As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
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Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
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Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

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